Los Angeles (September 19, 2007) – The following statement was issued today from Screen Actors Guild’s Young Performers Committee.
“As the reality show Kid Nation debuts tonight—claiming to show children building a better world—here is the true reality: Kid Nation has taken a step backwards in terms of children’s rights.
The Screen Actors Guild National Young Performers Committee is extremely concerned by the alleged exploitation of children on the set of Kid Nation. The Young Performers Committee, which consists of former child actors and other concerned SAG members, exists solely to ensure the welfare of child actors. We find it inexcusable that the producers on this show did not take all measures possible to ensure protections on the set of Kid Nation.
According to press reports, the show’s producers are already planning a second season in the Czech Republic, and we are concerned about the safety of the next group of children recruited for this program.
Screen Actors Guild National Young Performers Committee will continue to advocate protections for children on any set, including Kid Nation, and remains committed to ensuring the welfare of all children in the entertainment industry.”